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James F. Gartner


Thu, May 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

James F. Gartner, 79, of Preston, Minn., died Friday, May 2, 2014 at his home.

James Gartner was born on November 25, 1934 in Rochester, Minn., the son of Frank and Ella (Scanlon) Gartner. He graduated from Preston High School in 1953. On February 2, 1956 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany until his discharge on January 17, 1958. James worked various jobs in the Preston area following his discharge. In 1964 he owned his own milk hauling business and on August 29 of that same year he married Viola Kellner at St. Pius X in Rochester. James continued to haul milk until 1971, he then farmed until 1996. From there he worked for Gehling Auctioneers until 2010. He also loved mowing lawns. He was a lifelong member of St. Columban Catholic Church. He was very active with the American Legion and was past commander of the Preston VFW. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren and going to auctions.

Survivors include his wife, Viola. One son, Tom (Micki) and daughter, Linda Gartner both of Preston. Four grandchildren, Brady, Daulton and Bailey Gartner and Jonathan Hanson all of Preston. One brother, Jerry (Nancy) of Preston and two sisters, Jeanette Budde of Peru, Ill., and Rita Wilson of Preston. He was preceded by his parents and two brother-in-laws.

A funeral mass was on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at St. Columban Catholic Church in Preston with Rev. Patrick Arens officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Preston.

19th-century bread and butter making at historic Forestville in June

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Learn how to make bread and butter the old fashioned way, in two popular programs offered at Historic Forestville this June. Families can see 19th-century chores in progress and learn from costumed history players about farm life. •Event: Bread M ..... 
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The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $2,000 grant to the Fillmore Central Schools

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $2,000 grant to the Fillmore Central Schools to be used on their project of building a permanent fence around the baseball field. The Foundation feels strongly that this type of project is a g ..... 
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Preston street construction to start after Trout Days

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the Preston City Council May 5 meeting, City Administrator Joe Hoffman provided updates on the Twenty-14 and Industrial Park projects. Contractors are expected to start Twenty-14 street projects on May 19. Construction for the street projects w ..... 
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New Magdlin-Gilbertson VFW Auxiliary officers installed

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Magdlin-Gilbertson VFW Auxiliary of Preston installed officers for the 2014-2015 year on May 6, 2014. Pictured (left to right): Nancy Berry (Chaplain), DD Himli (Guard &Trustee), Ann O’Connor (Trustee), Muriel Hanson (Secretary), Diane Johnson (J ..... 
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Engagement: Bergstrom ~ Soland

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

LuVerne and Carol Soland, Kathy and Randy Stalki and Lori and Bruce Bergstrom are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of Guy Soland and Carrie Bergstrom. Carrie graduated from Southland High School in Adams, Minn. In 2005 attend ..... 
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Fillmore Central 4th Grade Girl Scout Junior Troop tours Preston Ambulance

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Fillmore Central 4th grade Girl Scout Junior Troop 44503 toured the Preston Ambulance to learn about First Aid. Pictured are Ambulance Director Ryan Throckmorton, Kelcy Nagel, Pyper Casey, Maddie Eslinger, Kendyl Kraling, Anna Cahill-Hoffman, Daio M ..... 
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Birth Announcement: Seaver Ray Mashek

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Ben and Linzy Mashek of Mankato, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their son, Seaver. He was born March 30, 2014, weighing 6 lbs. 4 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are LuVerne and Carol Soland of Preston, Minn., Steve Ramaker of Wyk ..... 
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Two “Trout Days” fishing contests

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Celebrate ”Preston Trout Days” by participating in two separate fishing contests sponsored by the National Trout Center located in Preston, Minn. May 16-18 are the 2014 dates for Preston’s annual “Trout Days” celebration. Visit [Read the Rest]
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